The Argentine Tennis Association made the albiceleste team official for the Tokyo Olympics, whose tennis events will be held between July 24 and August 1.
Nadia Podoroska, Diego Schwartzman, Horacio Zeballos, Andrés Molteni, Facundo Bagnis (96 ° ATP in the cut), Federico Coria (103 °) and Francisco Cerúndolo they are part of the preliminary list. As advanced ESPNTenis, com, the first four have a guaranteed place in Tokyo, while the rest of the players will have to wait for the classification cut to be defined, which will be reported in due course by the ITF.
The only doubt, as he had advanced ESPN, was given in the recovery of Juan Martín Del Potro, who finally will not be from the game. “The times were not enough and Delpo will not be able to play the Olympic Games. His doctor is very satisfied with the advances of the knee but he recommended that Juan Martín not participate”, expressed his work team.
Meanwhile, the 24-year-old Rosario will compete in the women’s singles events and also the mixed doubles with Zeballos, who in turn will compete in the men’s doubles modality with Molteni. The Mar del Plata, classified directly for being Top 10 in the discipline, had priority to choose any compatriot who was Top 300 in either of the two modalities without having to speculate with the closing of lists.
The other couple will make it up Schwartzman and Bagnis as long as they add the necessary ranking to be among the 32 teams in the main draw.
Schwartzman, No. 1 Argentine and 11th in the world, is the only one confirmed for the men’s singles event, in which a maximum of four players can participate.
After this first stage, there will be a reassignment process that will end on Monday, July 5, to consider possible losses of athletes included in the lists presented on June 22. That is, the direct acceptance places will be reassigned to the next highest ranked tennis players according to the June 14 ranking, with which the final list of participants for Tokyo could only be available from that date.
Mercedes Paz (coach and head of delegation) and Gustavo Marcaccio will be the officers who will accompany and assist the athletes on behalf of the AAT.
In addition to the absence of Del Potro, Guido Pella from Bahia declined to play, adding to the decision of the Azulean Federico Delbonis. Máximo González, another specialist in doubles, also prioritized the doubles calendar and grow in his ranking, since today he is in the dispute for the Race to the ATP Finals together with Simone Bolelli.